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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Councilman Dan Weigold announced the winners of the 2010 Christmas lighting contest at Tuesday nightâ€™s meeting of the cityâ€™s Common Council.
Weigold and Water Pollution Control Facility Superintendant Mike Cook were the judges for this yearâ€™s competition, driving around the cityâ€™s neighborhoods assessing the light displays of countless residentsâ€™ homes.
â€śWe get pretty picky,â€ť said Weigold when he announced the winners. â€śBut we try to spread it around.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Common Council is mulling a program that could help cinch down its already tight cyber-security to nearly impenetrable.
Don Smith and David Lefever of The Mako Group spoke to the board at its regular meeting Tuesday night and informed the council about recently-issued regulations from the Federal Trade Commission that will apply directly to the city.
The reason â€” being a municipality with utilities and paying customers.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The various city entities, including Columbia Cityâ€™s Street Department reported a busy recent couple of weeks at the Tuesday night common council meeting.
â€śWeâ€™ve been called in roughly five times already this year, all on overtime,â€ť said Columbia City Street Department Superintendant Kelly Cearbaugh during his report to the board.
The calls Cearbaugh referred to were for street crews responding to the recent winter weather that has blanketed northern Indiana with a layer of slippery snow.
The Blue River Big Band will entertain audiences with the Airmen of Noteâ€™s rendition of â€śThe Little Drummer Boyâ€ť during their annual holiday concert Sunday.
Along with this new offering, the band will be playing lots of familiar Christmas tunes, and singer Dawn Ward will add to the festive concert with her vocal talents.
The concert is at 7 p.m. Sunday at the First Church of God.
â€śEven for us, this is one of the signs of Christmas,â€ť said band member Todd Klingaman. â€śWe really look forward to it.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Common Council will hear the second reading of an ordinance creating a special fund that can make money available to local businesses for economic development-type improvements.
At tonightâ€™s regular meeting of the council, the ordinance establishing a â€śRevolving Loan Programâ€ť is likely to be one step closer to enactment.
Mayor Jim Fleck said last month the cityâ€™s redevelopment commission has funds earmarked for economic development.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A group of local veterans of the second world war received long overdue recognition for having served during the conflict that called upon the â€śGreatest Generationâ€ť to give everything for world peace.
Robert Cornmesser, Robert Brock, both of Columbia City, and Fort Wayne resident Pauline â€śPollyâ€ť Bunyan, formerly of Columbia City, were whisked away to Washington, D.C. Nov. 10 as part of the fifth year of trips designed to take the nationâ€™s oldest war veterans to where their grateful nation has erected monuments in their honor.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Officials at Whitley County Consolidated Schools have been crunching numbers since last year, trying to ensure the teacher-to-student ratio is manageable in each classroom.
Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor presented to the corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees on Monday a report on classroom size for all five elementary schools, the middle school and high school.
â€śWe studied this issue last year, conducting three months of research,â€ť Oâ€™Connor said.
Oâ€™Connor said a class size taskforce was created to study the issue.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City schools have â€śoverwhelmingâ€ť parental involvement in the progress and future of their students, according to Whitley County Consolidated Schoolâ€™s Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor.
Oâ€™Connor presented the numbers of the most recent parent-teacher conferences to the corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees at a work session Monday.
â€śWe were very pleased by the high school percentage of parents that attended the conference,â€ť said Oâ€™Connor, saying that the 50 percent participation in the conferences, or 588 parents, was much higher than in recent years.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” At Mondayâ€™s work session of the Whitley Consolidated School Corporation, Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor and corporation Business Manager Tony Zickgraf presented a document to the board that was drafted by the John Glenn School Corporation.
The document â€” a call out to the Indiana Legislature.
The Walkerton-based school corporation drafted a resolution to Indiana lawmakers and sent letters to WCCS and other districts around the state.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” County planner Dave Sewell, several weeks removed from a disappointing setback involving the ordinance designed to regulate wind farms, appealed to the Whitley County Commissioners for guidance Monday.
â€śBefore the (Whitley County) Plan Commission goes back to any consideration of the proposed wind ordinance, I wanted to come to you and ask the commissioners for any direction you might have,â€ť said Sewell.
Sewell was instrumental in drafting a proposed ordinance that would oversee the arrival and construction of any â€śwind farmâ€ť in Whitley County.